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Baptist Sunday School Convention 

Coosa River Baptist Association 



Saturday and Simdai>, TOag 28 and 29, 



J. I.. WILKES, President. E. HORK, SecretakV. 

E. D. ACKER. Vice President First District. 

S. W. WELCH, Vice President Second District. 

F. D. FUNDERBURG, Vice Pres. Third District. 


J. H. HAVDEN, A. A. HUTTO. ). D. DAVlS. 


S. P. BURNS. G. S. HAM. 



On motion of F. G. Mullen, C. S. Johnson was elected 
chairman pro tem and E. Horn, secretary pro tem. 

The following Sunday schools were reported and dele- 
gates enrolled : 

Alpine — A. A. Hutto, W. II. Allen. 

Salem, (Eastabog^i) — E. Horn, H. R. Donaldson. 

13ry Valley — John McPherson, J. N. Nelson. 

Hepzibah — A. F. Jones. 

Sylacauga — J. L. Wilkes, Mrs. S. A. Fluker. 

Spring Creek, (Vincent) — R. A. Kidd. 

Winterboro — Calvert Gooden, Lilden Blanchard. 

Providence, (Tall. Co.) — R. W. Brown, I. A. Adanis. 

Pleasant G-rove — T. E. Og-letree, B. S. Elliott. 

Refuge— S. A. Burton, W. M. Hall. 

Lincoln — E. D. Acker, J. F. D ivis. 

Talladega — C. W. Stringer, J. B. Graham, P. S. Williams, 

Cropwell — J. R. Roberson, Mrs. j. R. Roberson. 

Coosa Valley — J. A. Collins. 

Tallasahatchie — G. W. Gardner. 

The following were messengers from churches having 
no Sunday schools : 

Ironaton — G. O, Vise. 

Blue Eye — L. M. Madden, M. D. Beavers. 

On motion of E. D. Acker, the following committee 
was appointed on permanent organization, with F. B, 
Lanier chairman : F, B. Lanier, J. L. Wilkes, J. A. Wood- 
ward, J. R. Roberson and A. A. Hutto. 

E. D. Acker addressed the house on "The Objects of 
This Convention." 

The Committee on Permanent Organization reported 
as follows : 

We, your Committee on Permanent Organization, beg to sub- 
mit the following: 

J. L. Wilkes, President. 

E. Horn, Secretary. 

C. W. Stringer, Treasurer. 

E. D. Acker, Vice President, First District. 

S. W. Welch, Vice President, Second District. 

F. D. Funderburg, Vice President, Third District. 

F. B. Lanier, Chairman. 


The report wiis adopted. 
Adjourned to i : 30 f. >i. 

I : 30 p. M. 

Convention called to order by Chairman. Devotional 
exercises conducted by J. F. Davis. 

J. A. Woodward addressed the convention on "The 
Field and Its Needs," followed by F. G. Mullen, E. D. 
x\cker, A. A. Hutto, C. S. Johnson and others. The dis- 
cu.«ision closed with the adoption of the following reso- 
lutions, presented by J. L. Wilkes : 

Resolved, That the Sunday school board appointed by the 
hist session of the Coosa River Association tog;ether with the 
Vice Presidents appointed by this body, are requested to ascertain 
what schools, if any, in their respective districts, need financial 
assistance in procuring Sunday school literature; to make record and 
report any community or chiu'ch that has no Sunday school ; that the 
said board make a report to the next association and ask that body to 
solicit contributions and create a fund to be disbursed by said board 
as it may deem best. 

Resolved 2D, That the Secretary is hereby instructed to have 
minutes of this convention printed and distributed among the Sun- 
day, schools of the Coosa River Association, asking that they make a 
special report at the next session of this convention. 

Resolved 3D, That the Secretary shall turn over all funds in 
his possession, after necessary expenses of printing and distributing 
Minutes has been paid. 

Resolved 4TH, That the Sunday school board which has 
charge of our Sunday school work in this association shall act as 
Executive Committee and make such renumeration to the Secretary 
as they deem proper and right. A. A. Hutto. 

The convention then adjourned with prayer to meet 
Sunday at 9:00 A. m. 

Sunday, May 29. 

The convention was called to order at 9:00 A. m., and 
the devotional services conducted by chairman. 

At 9: 30 A. M. a Sunday school mass meeting was con- 
ducted by J. H. Hayden, president of the Sunday school 

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At II A. M. C. S. Johnson preached from Matthew 
7:24—27. Theme, "Character Building." 
Adjourned till 2:00 p. m. 

2 : 00 p. M. 

The convention was called to order by the chairman, 
and praise service conducted by the choir. 

At 2 : 30 p. M. J. B. Graham addressed the convention 
on "Loyal Baptists." By motion, it was ordered that the 
address, "Loyal Baptists," be published in the minutes of 
this convention. 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That the Sunday school board, which has charge 
of our work in this association, agree upon the number of minutes to 
be printed and make such renumeration to the Secretary as it deems 
proper. A. A. Hutto. 

The following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That J. H. Hayden, E. D. Acker and J. L. Wilkes 
be appointed to bear fraternal greetings to the. Talladega County 
Union Sunday School Convention soon to convene at Lincoln, Ala. 

A. A. Hutto. 


Resolved, That the thanks of this convention are hereby ex- 
pressed to the members of Pleasant Grove Church and citizens of 
the community for their unbounded hospitality and kindness shown 
to this body in session and to visitors present. 

E. D, Acker. 

Adopted by a rising vote. 

After prayer by T. K. Trotter, the convention ad- 
journed sine die. 

J. L. WILKES, President. 
E. HORN, Secretary. 


(Yielding to the request of the Sunday School Convention of the 
Coosa River Association, I have endeavored to give a 
synopsis of a talk which was wholly extemporaneous. 

J. B. Graham.) 



Loyalty is a great quality. Every one is loyal to something or 
somebody. The trouble with the world is that too many people are 
loyal to evil causes and bad people, and too few are loyal to righteous 
causes and good people. Would that all loyalty were in the cause 
of right. 


If evangelical churches — the different denominations — knew 
more about themselves and one another there would no longer exist 
any bitterness, envy and wicked church pride. I am glad that the 
days of controversial wars among Christians are gone. 

It is not wholly the fault of other denominations that they mis- 
understand and misrepresent us. Baptists are safe on the question 
of belief. The trouble with us is that we are the most believing and 
about the least doing people in the world. If we would practice only 
half we believe, we would lead hosts of willing captives into our 
Master's kingdom. 


Our denomination does not stand for ignorance, either in the 
pulpit or pew, though we have many illiterate ministers and mem- 
bers. Our people in cities and more prosperous country commu- 
nities rank with the best in intelligence and the power of the pulpit 
and pew. The cause of education is coming on and the Baptist 
hosts are in the front rank. 

So far as I know, the only institution in the United States de- 
voted exclusively to the education of ministers, and having no organic 
connection with any secular school work, is the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary at Louisville, Ky. Nearly every State in the 

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Union has a Baptist college, and unfortunately for us, some States 
attempt to have more than one. 


The time was with our people when we thought that there was 
no work for young people to do, and we gave but slight encourage- 
ment to Sunday school work. The time was when we thought that 
preaching and all church work might be done without special pre- 
paration and system. We are now in much better condition, but I 
fear that some of these hindrances are still with us. 

We need this associational Sunda}' school convention to train 
our people, young and old, for special work and special fitness for 
work in our Lord's vineyard. A man cannot be born in the full 
stature of a man into the kingdom, for Paul says ye are babes in 
Christ. The Christian life is one of growth as much so as the physi- 
cal life. A man must prepare for his work. When you have the 
fever you call a physician, not a farmer; when the grand locomotive 
is to draw its load of precious freight, you call an engineer, not a 
butcher; when the mighty ship is to plough the deep you call the 
sailor pilot, not a lawyer; when the legions are ready for war, you 
call the soldier general, not a mule driv^er. Why then should w^e 
think that, in the affairs of the kingdom of our God, a man can do 
his work on a moment's notice and without preparation.? Is not his 
kingdom more than meat and drink? If men must prepare to do the 
things of time, what shall we say of the things of Eternitj^.'' 

The kingdom of grace is one of growth. "Grow in grace and 
in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ" — 2d Pet. 3:18. "And 
beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to vir- 
tue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance and to temperance 
patience, and to patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kind- 
ness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things be in you 
and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor un- 
fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that 
lacketh these things is blind and cannot see afar off and hath for- 
gotten that he was purged from his old sins." — 2d Pet. i 15-9. 


I believe in denominational education, but I despise sectarian 
bigotry. Let us have denominational instruction not for contro- 
versial purposes, but to increase Christian intelligence. Every de- 
nomination ought to maintain its own Sunday schools, because the 
only place to successfully inform and firmly establish a people in the 
doctrine of their church is in the Sunday school. If your church 
has a foundation, don't be ashamed to know it and let other people 
know it. The man who thinks that one church is just as good for 

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him as another church, isn't worth much to any church. A man 
must believe something? before he can or will do anything:. Men 
don't strive to succeed in causes in which they do not believe. 
Baptist loyalty demands that we stand by our faith and instruct the 

younj; of our conii^reijations in the doctrines of our church. 


Baptists believe that the church is a spiritual, not a secular, 
body. "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he 
asked his disciples, saying^, whom do men say that I, the Son of Man 
■Am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist; some 
Elias; and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets." It was then 
that he put the most momentous question of the ages — not only to 
them, but to you, to me, to millions yet unborn — the question whose 
answer will tell out in an eternity of life or an eternity of death — 
"But whom do ye sa}' that I am .^" Then it was that Peter — impet- 
uous, tempestuous, courageous, magnificent man that he was — be- 
cause he was a man — rose to the majesty of the occasion and gave the 
only confession of faith that any child of God need ever give — "Thou 
art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Then the Master said, 
"Blessed art thou Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood hath not re- 
vealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in Heaven. And I say 
also unto thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my 
church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." — Matt. 
16:13-19. It is not sufficient that we give intellectual assent that 
Christ is the Son of the living God, that fiesh and blood reveal him 
unto us; but the Spirit of the living God must breathe upon our 
spirits, quicken and vitalize them with the truth, the consciousness 
that we are his, and that "he gave his only begotten Son that who- 
soever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 


Loyal Baptists believe that only those who have this spiritual 
experience and consciousness of the Christ, the Son of the living 
God, in their own hearts, are prepared to be a part of the church. 

"They that gladly received his word were baptized and the 
same day about 3,000 souls were added to them." — Acts 2:41. 
"And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." 
— Acts 2:47. Phillip preached Jesus to the Eunuch, (and, my 
brethren, you don't have to preach anj'thing else now), when he 
would save him. When the Eunuch saw much water and said 
"What doth hinder that I be baptized ? Phillip said if thou believest 
with all thine heart, thou mayest. The Eunuch said, I believe that 
Jesus Christ is the son of God. And they went down both into the 
water, both Phillip and the Eunuch, and he baptized him." — 
Acts 8 : 35-38. 

It is a dangerous thing for one who has not had this spiritual 
conception and regeneration to join the church. It is so easy for a 
feeling of security to grow upon one and for him to trust the church, 
instead of the Lord, to save him. 


Baptists believe that only immersion is baptism, but they do 
not believe that it is essential to salvation. It is only a church ordi- 
nance, the answer of a good conscience, a badge which the Christian 
puts on, typifying his death to sin, the burial of the old man, and 
the resurrection of a new man to a new life. 

THE lord's supper. 

Loyal Baptists are accused of being selfish, illmannered possi- 
bly, on communion days. It is not our table, but the Lord's; not 
our supper, but the Lord's; not taken in memory of one another, 
but in memory of His sufferings and death. 

We believe that only church members should partake of the 
broken body and spilt blood. Our Lord "ate the passover with his 
disciples" and not with the world. "And when the hour was come, 
he sat down and the twelve apostles with him." — Mark 14:22-25: 
Luke 22 ; 14-21 ; ist Cor. 11 : 24-29. 

Believing, as we do, that only converted and baptized persons 
should be members of the church, and that baptism is by immersion 
at the hands of one scripturally set apart for the holy office. Baptists 
partake of the Lord's supper with their brethren in the faith, re- 
membering only the Lamb on Calvary slain. 


We believe in a perfect and complete salvation. We worship 
God as one who does nothing by halves. We do not believe in sin- 
less perfection in this life, for a Christian, at best, is only a sinner 
saved by grace. The trouble with us is that too many think that 
when God has done his work, there's nothing for them to do. 
"Faith without works is dead." Ponder well the scripture, "For it 
is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted of 
the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and 
have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to 
come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance, 
seeing that they crucify the Son of God afresh and put him to open 
shame." — Hebrews 6:4-6. 

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow 
me, and I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish, 
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father 
which gave them me is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck 
them out of my Father's hand." — St. John 10:27-29. 

Shall we deny the faith and the comfort of the inafjnetic and 
eloquent man of all the ages in his glorious tribute to God's love? 
*'For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor 
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to sepa- 
rate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." — 
Rom. 8: 38-39. 


Loyal Baptists, after all, are nothing more nor less than loyal 
Christians. O, that every church might learn the power of loyalty. 
At this hour, down by the waters of the Mexic sea, are thousands of 
brave and patriotic young men who swelter in the noon daj' heat. 
Tonight their upturned faces will be kissed by the light of the stars, 
and in their dreams theyMl go back to the luxuries and loves of their 
happy homes. They are ready at the drum beat and bugle blast to 
rush to arms, not to drive back an invading foe, but to go forward 
into other shores to give liberty to the down-trodden of a strange 
and alien land. Why is it.? Their country has called and they falter 
not to ask the reason why. O, my brethren of the Army of the 
Cross, the great Captain who came from Edom with dyed garments 
from Bozra, calls from Calvary's brow for us to drive out the in- 
vading foe. I believe that loyal Baptists, loyal Methodists and loyal 
Presbyterians will rally to this battle cry, and while each will and 
should be true to its own colors, still the blood stained banner will 
he the flag of us all. 

don't be impatient. 

Take care of the small things. Don't be discouraged. "Trust 
in the Lord and he shall bring it to pass." If you have but a few, 
teach them all the more. It were better to thoroughly ground and 
establish a half dozen in the Baptist faith than to have a hundred 
grounded in no faith at all. If you have strength enough to have a 
Baptist church you have strength enough for a Baptist Sundav 
school. Despise not the day of small things and grow not wear}- of 
well doing. "The crimson streak on ocean's cheek tells of the com- 
ing dawn." 

" Sometime when all life's lessons have been learned 
And sun and stars forevermore have set. 

The things which in our weak judgment here we spurned. 
The things over which we grieved with lashes wet, 

Will flash out of life's dark night. 
As stars shine brighter in deeper tints of blue. 

And we shall see how all God's plans are right, 
And how what seemed reproof was love most true." 




Salem, (Ea-^taUoj^a). 



Dry Valley. 

Pleasant Grove. 

Pro\idence, (Tall. Co.) 


Cartersville, (Lanier's.) 


Coosa Valley. 













Spring Creek, (Vincent.) 



Cruise School House. 


Blue Eye. 
Pilgrim's Rest- 
Rocky Mount. 

Mount Sharan. 

New Hope. 

Providence, (Shelby Co.) 


Mount Ida. 

Oak Grove. 


Salem .$ i oo 

Refuge I 60 

Lincoln 6 16 

Dry Valley 25 

Talladega ....... 5 00 

Alpine (pledged) .... .f i 00 

Tallasahatchie 25 

Sylacauga i 00 

Public Collection .... 8 10 

Total , . . $24 36